For anyone who's curious to learn more about The Gilded Age: China 2013, the political novel we blogged about the other day, there's a fantastic new essay about it in Foreign Policy. Xujun Eberlein explains more of what makes this novel so subversive, but also provides a history of political science fiction in China, going back to 1904's The Moon Colony, in which an anti-Qing Dynasty scholar flees to the Moon, and 1932's Cat Country, a novel about cats living on Mars by legendary satirist Lao She. Really fascinating stuff. [Foreign Policy]
The latest issue of Coilhouse magazine has an amazing article by Jess Nevins on the pulp genre fiction of China in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Disclaimer: my housemate is in fact one of Coilhouse's editors. Still, a great periodical for lovers of fringe culture. This same issue has interviews with Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker as well as excerpts from Wil Wheaton's memoirs.